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Viva Technology, Bigger And Better Than Ever

With even more innovations, prestigious international partners and inspiring speakers for its fourth edition, Viva Technology has exceeded all expectations and confirmed its standing as an unmissable stop on the international tech calendar.

Paris, 19 May 2019 – Viva Technology, the world’s rendezvous for startups and leaders to celebrate innovation, rose to the challenge to be even better than last year. With the addition of a second hall and with the Palais des Sports serving as the main stage, VivaTech was able to accommodate more than 124,000 visitors over three days (two days reserved for and one day open to the general public) – an increase of 24%. They managed to meet and spark collaborations with 13,000 startups who were showcased or pitching, with 3,300 investors and thousands of business leaders, and with 2,500 media representatives from around the world.

Viva Technology was honoured to be inaugurated by French president Emmanuel Macron, who on the evening prior to the opening day had welcomed French and international technology leaders at the “Tech for Good” summit. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and Senegal’s President Macky Sall also graced VivaTech with their presence and their participation.

The world’s top innovation leaders were on hand. In more than 150 sessions, some 450 speakers – entrepreneurs, leading business figures, investors, academics – discussed the impact of tech on the economy and society.

Discussions focussed on major trends shaping the world of tomorrow, delving into artificial Intelligence, 5G, blockchain, quantum computing, connected healthcare, the new space race, mobility, the environment.... Among the main thematic pillars of this fourth edition of VivaTech:

- Tech for Good: Examining how to make technology work for the common good and have a positive impact, with a reenactment on the opening day of VivaTech of the commitments from the Tech for Good Summit the previous evening at the Élysée Palace

- United Tech of Europe: Building an ecosystem to rival the American and Asian tech juggernauts and helping European startups to achieve the scale of giants

- Women in Tech: Remedying the persistent underrepresentation of women in tech and startups?

- Jobs: Supporting entrepreneurs in overcoming one of their main challenges, hiring the right talent

- AfricaTech: Exploring the tech opportunities for the African continent

Acting members of the French government were among the many personalities attending VivaTech in 2019: Elisabeth Borne, Minister in charge of Transport; Gérald Darmanin, Minister of Action and Public Accounts; Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy and Finance; Florence Parly, Minister of Defence; Muriel Pénicaud, Minister of Labour; Brune Poirson, Secretary of State to the Minister of State, Minister for Ecological and Solidarity Transition; François de Rugy, Minister of State, Minister for Ecological and Solidarity Transition; Marlène Schiappa, Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, in charge of gender equality and the fight against discrimination; Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation; Emmanuelle Wargon, Secretary of State, Minister for Ecological and Solidarity Transition. Cédric O, Secretary of State in Charge of Digital, was in attendance with his cabinet for all three days of VivaTech.

A FEW OF THE UNMISSABLE HAPPENINGS AT VIVA TECHNOLOGY: • The Female Founder Challenge organized in partnership with with 50inTech: Two hours of meetings between female startuppers and VCs and a pitch contest for the biggest VCs. The winner is Vivian Nwakah, MedSaf. • The third annual LVMH Innovation Award was awarded to 3DLOOK. The prize was awarded by Bernard Arnault and Ian Rogers. • The EU Prize for Women Innovators, in the presence of Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, was awarded to Michela Puddu, Martine Caroff, Irina Borodina et Shimrit Perkol-Finkel • The FAMAE “Precious Water” Grand Prize from the FAMAE Foundation and the launch of the Make. Org “Give Every Young Person A Chance”initiative on Saturday • The Talent Center by ManpowerGroup, where job-seekers and recruiters could meet up. With more than 1,700 job offers, this was the place where coaching, training and meetings boosted career prospects for étudiants

The first edition of the Next Startupper Challenge, which rewarded the Neolithe project at the École Polytechnique and Ok Afred at École 42, and whose prizes were awarded by Frédérique Vidal, France’s Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. • The biggest Hackathon in Europe, organized once again by TechCrunch with the support of EDHEC, Eramet, Sanofi–Cegedim–IBM, Galeries Lafayette, Publicis Sapient and Corvid by Wix, rewarded the startup • The CMO Forum bringing together the greatest leaders in marketing, communication and media throughout the day on May 17, a series of debates held in partnership with McKinsey and Nielsen • The largest hackathon in Europe, once again organized with TechCrunch with the support of EDHEC, Eramet, Sanofi-Cegedim-IBM, Galeries Lafayette, Publicis Sapient and Corvid by Wix, awarded the startup • The Women in Tech Conference brought together female “Role models” – entrepreneurs, actors, YouTubers – to discuss the place of women in tech and elsewhere in society, along with some comic relief from Bérengère Krief. • The Tribunal pour les Générations Futures (Court for Future Generations), organized by quarterly French magazine Usbek & Rica, hosed a debate on the theme “Has the Internet Killed Democracy?” in a format that mixed content, entertainment and a public vote • Sogeti Esport Series, a major E-sport event with two competitions: Rocket League (RL) and Super Smash Bros Ultimate (SSBU) • Viva Live with The Avener, a major concert presented by EDF and VivaTech in partnership with Le Parisien

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